Mizoram minister resigns

Mizoram health minister Lal Thanzara resigned from the cabinet this evening following allegations by the Opposition that he was holding an "office of profit".

By Nilotpal Bhattacharjee and Agencies in Silchar
  • Published 19.08.15
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Silchar, Aug. 18: Mizoram health minister Lal Thanzara resigned from the cabinet this evening following allegations by the Opposition that he was holding an "office of profit".

Lal Thanzara sent his resignation letter to chief minister Lal Thanhawla and the Speaker of Mizoram Assembly, Hiphei.

Lal Thanzara, who is the younger brother of the chief minister, was facing flak from the Opposition for allegedly holding 21.6 per cent share in Sunshine Overseas, a road construction company, which was getting government contracts in the last three years.

After announcing his resignation, Lal Thanzara today said he was completely "innocent" and the allegations against him were "false and baseless".

"Despite being innocent, I decided to step down on moral ground. The allegation against me can cause embarrassment to my dignity and the Congress. Thus, I decided to quit both as a minister and an MLA," he said.

However, it is not yet confirmed whether his resignation has been accepted.

Congress workers appealed to the chef minister and the Congress high command not to accept Lal Thanzara's resignation.

Apart from the health ministry, Lal Thanzara was holding the ministry for minor irrigation, information and public relations and information and communication technology.

A meeting of Mizoram PCC, held immediately after the resignation, expressed shock over the development, a party statement said. It said the meeting objected to the letter submitted by Lal Thanzara.

A party delegation met the chief minister and asked him not to accept the resignation, the statement said.

Leaders of the party's organisations like Aizawl District Congress Committee, Mizoram Pradesh Youth Congress Committee, Mahila Congress, National Students Union of India and Congress Elders' Wing attended the meeting.